“They asked us for a place and permission to produce these (e-cigarettes). We didn’t give it to them and we will not,” he said. “They want to invest in Turkey. … Go and make your investment elsewhere.”
About 27% of Turkey’s total population aged over 15 smoked cigarettes in 2016. “Let’s put down cigarettes and drink our Rize tea,” added Erdogan. “I don’t make many suggestions, but as a president, I am telling those I love that this is haram (forbidden in Islam).” Again, the president is failing to consider the fact that e-cigarettes are actually proven to be the most effective smoking cessation tools to date.
An imminent vaping ban
To this effect, a recent article in local news site Ahval, has reported that the Health Ministry of Turkey is currently working on a legislation which would set in place a total vaping ban. The proposed measure is expected to be presented to parliament in the coming weeks. Naturally Erdoğan, is expected to support the measure.
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